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  • Indians Win Tournament Opener

    The St. Francis Indians defeated Golden Plains in the first round of the Sagebrush Classic Basketball Tournament on Monday, December 9. The Indians gradually increased their lead throughout the contest to take a 59-42 victory. The win advanced the Indians to the championship semi-final contest to be played at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 13. At that time, the Indians will play Logan in the South Gym at Brewster High School. Logan defeated Wallace County 71-39 to advance.

    St. Francis trailed only twice in the contest; 0-2 after an opening basket by Harley Weise (Sr.) for Golden Plains (GP) and then again late in the first quarter. On the next possession after the opening GP basket, Jesse Baxter scored from the paint for the Indians. Brady Dinkel followed with a right-wing trey. Ashton Schiltz (So.) added a right-baseline jumper for GP, but it was answered by a high-post jumper by Baxter (assist Colton Neitzel). Junior Wade Rush gave a glimpse of things to come when he buried a left-wing trey for his first basket tying the contest at 7-7. An assist by Ben Busse led to a transition jumper by Preston Witzel. On the Bulldogs' possession, Jaime Infante (Sr.) answered from the circle. At the opposite end, Baxter nailed a jumper near the free-throw line. After a bit of a slow start, the teams were beginning to find the basket with regularity. With 1:47 remaining in the first quarter, Rush drained another trey giving the Bullldogs the advantage 11-12. Rush scored again after a St. Francis turnover increasing the deficit to three. Witzel tied the contest with a trey from the right-wing, and an assist by Busse led to a basket in the paint by Dinkel. St. Francis held a slim 16-14 lead over the scrappy Bulldogs after one quarter of play.

    An assist by Brady Dinkel set up a right-wing trey by Josiah Sims to open the second quarter. Sims then added a deuce on a fast-break (21-14). Jaime Infante chipped in a lane basket, but a high-low assist from Jesse Baxter to Colton Neitzel soon answered. With both teams playing zone defenses, ball movement and good shooting was necessary. Ashton Schiltz and Wade Rush (trey) scored baskets for GP reducing the margin to two (23-21). At 2:38, Golden Plains called time-out. After a Baxter free-throw, Harley Weise made a shot from the right-block narrowing the advantage to one (24-23). Colton Neitzel added a free-throw and a lane basket to move the score to 27-23 at halftime.

    it took the teams a bit to find the basket in the early minutes of the third period. Colton Neitzel made one-of-two from the line at the 6:41 mark and eventually Wade Rush scored for the Bulldogs in the lane. St. Francis followed with an 8-point run receiving a lane basket by Neitzel (assist Brady Dinkel); a Dinkel-to Ben Busse-to Dinkel fast-break layup, and a left wing jumper by Adam Krien (assist Neitzel). Golden Plains called time-out at 4:24 hoping to stop the Indians' momentum. After the time-out, Adam Krien added a free-throw line jumper on an assist by Dinkel. The Indians now led 36-25. Fabian Cepeda (So.) followed with a lift-wing deuce for the Bulldogs. As the Indians picked up the game pace, the options for easy baskets increased. Though the Indians missed several layup opportunities in the third period, Preston Witzel added a layup. Neitzel scored on a steal-two, and Dinkel sank a pair of free-throws. The SF advantage had grown to 41-27. GP added the next two baskets; an offensive rebound score by Infante and a coast-to-coast drive by Wiese. Busse drained a buzzer-beater trey to close the period. St. Francis led 45-31.

    Wade Rush opened the final quarter with a pair of free-throws. Jesse Baxter followed with a stick-back basket, but Rush then drained a trey (his 3rd of the game). An assist by Baxter led to a free-throw jumper by Adam Krien. With 6:14 left in the contest and trailing 49-36, Golden Plains called time-out to discuss strategy. After returning to play, Preston Witzel drained a trey for the Indians after an assist by Brady Dinkel. Dinkel then found Baxter in the lane for the next SF score. Jaime Infante's offensive rebound basket was followed by a free-throw jumper by Wade Rush. Witzel then responded with a left-corner trey giving the Indians a 57-40 advantage. The final baskets of the contest were a deuce by Weise for Golden Plains and score in the paint by Cutler Mayer for the Indians. St. Francis defeated Golden Plains 59-42.

    St. Francis was led in scoring by Preston Witzel with 13 points. Jesse Baxter scored 11 and Colton Neitzel 10. Brady Dinkel added 9, Adam Krien 6, Josiah Sims 5, Ben Busse 3, and Cutler Mayer 2. The Indians only committed 9 team fouls. St. Francis was 5 of 8 from the stripe and had 10 turnovers.

    Wade Rush of Golden Plains led all scorers with 20 points. Harley Wiese added 8 and Jaime Infante added 6 to the Bulldogs score. The Bulldogs made 2 of 4 from the line. GP had 7 fouls and 12 turnovers.

    In other first round games, Logan defeated Wallace County 71-39; Wichita County beat Weskan 51-46; and Triplains-Brewster won over Cheylin 51-45.

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  • Lady Indians Defeat Weskan In Opening Round

    The Lady Indians defeated the Weskan Lady Coyotes 58-44 in the opening round of the Sagebrush Shootout Basketball Tournament on Monday, December 9 in Brewster. The Lady Indians jumped out to 22-point lead in the first half of the contest and were in control throughout. Though Weskan made a nice run in quarter three, the Lady Indians advanced to the championship semi-finals to be held on Friday evening, December 13. St. Francis will play Wallace County at 6:00 p.m. in the North Gym at Brewster High School on Friday.

    St. Francis jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead in the contest. Alondra Gomez scored on an assist from Emma Johnson to open the Lady Indians' scoring. Jordan Faulkender followed with a basket in the paint and Karly Bandel added a steal-two. The action caused a Weskan time-out at 5:51. An assist from Johnson set up a fast-break basket by Hanna Zimbal moving the advantage to 8-0 in favor of the St. Francis. The Lady Coyotes got on the scoreboard at the 4:57 mark of the first period when Ariana Okeson (5' 9' So.) sank one-of-two from the free-throw line. Gomez drained a trey on an assist from Rian Zimbal moving the margin to double digits (11-1). Desirae McQuillan (5' 7" So.) answered with a right-wing trey for Weskan. Rian Zimbal added a post basket on an assist from Ellee Krien, but Sophie Haas (5' 11" Sr.) soon answered with a press-offense basket. At 2:17, the Lady Indians used their first time-out to discuss assignments. Emma Johnson then added a top-of-the-key trey. The final score of the first period came on a free-throw by Weskan's Haas. St. Francis led 16-7 at the first quarter break.

    Alondra Gomez drained another trey to open the second period scoring (assist Emma Johnson). Hannan Zimbal followed with consecutive free-throws moving the score to 21-7 at the 5:24 mark. After a free-throw by Blakely Aldridge (5' 8" Jr.), Ellee Krien found Rian Zimbal open at the high-post for a nice jumper. Jordan Faulkender's stick-back basket moved the advantage to 25-8. Weskan's Brielle Allen (5' 3" So.) earned a deuce following a turnover by the Lady Indians, but the score was quickly answered by right-corner trey by Emma Johnson (assist Faulkender). With 3:19 remaining in the second period, Weskan used their second time-out to regroup. After returning to action, Faulkender added two free-throws, and a Johnson-to-Karly Bandel break added two more. The margin was now the largest of the contest; 22 points (32-10) with 1:58 remaining in the first half. Four more free-throws would be added; two by each team.  Aldridge's two free-throws were followed by two from Mia Morrow for the Lady Indians. St. Francis led 34-12 at halftime.

    The Lady Coyotes played well in the third period and coupled with some accurate long-range shooting reduced the deficit by outscoring the Lady Indians 14-22 in the period. Blakley Aldridge opened the second half with a right-wing trey. J.C. Allen (5' 6" Jr.) soon added a driving basket. After a free-throw by Alondra Gomez, Allen swished a top-of-the-key trey. The Lady Indian advantage had quickly reduced to 15 points (35-20). Hannah Zimbal then added a post basket on an assist by Gomez. Allen followed with another trey; this one from the left-corner on an out-of-bounds play. With 4:58 left in the third period. St. Francis used a time-out hoping to slow the Lady Coyotes momentum. After returning to the floor, Gomez earned a steal-two and Rian Zimbal added a post-basket (assist Emma Johnson). Sophie Haas then banked in a trey from the top-of-the-key on a fast-break. Rian Zimbal's free-throw preceded her post score (assist Gomez) making the score 44-26. Brielle Allen then added two free-throws to the Lady Coyotes' total. An out-of-bounds play basket by Jordan Faulkender (assist Karly Bandel) preceded another trey by J. C. Allen (her third trey of the period). Faulkender then added a basket from the right-side short corner. Ariana Okeson scored the final points of the period; a trey from the right corner. It was the 6th trey of the period for the Lady Coyotes! St. Francis led 48-34 after three quarters of action.

    The Lady Coyotes opened the final stanza continuing to trim the margin. After two free-throws by Jordan Faulkender, Ariana Okeson scored in the paint. St. Francis used their 3rd time-out at 5:54. J.C. Allen drained her fourth trey of the half from the top-of-the-key trimming the margin to eleven, and the Lady Coyotes called time-out. After returning to the floor, Stephany Rother (5' 9" Jr.) added a free-throw reducing the SF lead to ten (50-40). It was time for the Lady Indians to make a few plays; and they did. Karly Bandel found Rian Zimbal in the post for a bucket, but Blakley Adridge answered at the opposite goal. Emma Johnson's assist led to a right elbow jumper by Faulkender. Weskan called time-out with 2:05 remaining, desperately needing some quick baskets. Desirae McQuillan added two free-throws in the next minute-plus, and St. Francis took another time-out at 50.1 seconds to discuss strategy. The Lady Indians used delay tactics to expire the final few minutes of the contest. Rian Zimbal added one more free-throw before the game ended. St. Francis defeated Weskan 58-44.

    J.C. Allen led all scorers with 16 points (14 in the second half). Blakely Aldridge added 9 to the Weskan total. Ariana Okeson chipped in 6 and Desirae McQuillan and Sophie Haas each scored 5 points. The Lady Coyotes made 10 of 15 from the line, had 18 turnovers, and were whistled for 17 fouls.

    St. Francis was led in scoring by Jordan Faulkender with 14 points. Rian Zimbal chipped in 12 points and Alondra Gomez added 11. Others scoring for St. Francis included Karly Bandel (7), Hannah Zimbal and Emma Johnson (6), and Mia Morrow (2). The Lady Indians recorded 20 turnovers and 18 fouls and made 11 of 18 from the stripe.

    In other first round girls contests, Golden Plains defeated Triplains-Brewster 48-20; Logan beat Cheylin 46-29, and Wallaco County defeated Wichita County 57-35.

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  • Indians Host Invitational

    The 60th annual St. Francis Gabel-Jenkins Invitational Wrestling Tournament was held in St. Francis on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Six Indian wrestlers competed in the competition. St. Francis placed 10th in the tournament scoring 34 team points. Junior Garin Cooper placed 4th at 132 pounds. Junior Shadryon Blanka won the championship at 195 pounds.

    Eleven teams competed for the team championship with Wray winning the championship with 184 team points. Goodland finished a distant second with 118 points. The remainder of the teams finished in the following order:  3rd - Wakeeney-Trego Community 79; 4th - Atwood-Rawlins County 75; 5th - Norton 73.5; 6th (tie) - Leoti-Wichita County 69; 6th (tie) - Sterling 69; 8th - Burlington 67; 9th - Holyoke 42; 10th - St. Francis 34; and 11th - Brewster 11. Norton's Kolton Field (120 lb.) was selected at the Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament by a vote of the coaches.

    Individual results for St. Francis wrestlers are listed below.

    Perla Yanez
    (0-2) scored 0.0 team points.

    Quarterfinal - Casteus Combs (Sterling) 2-2 won by tech fall over Perla Yanez 0-2 (TF-1.5 0:00 (16-1))
    Cons. Round 1 - Perla Yanez 0-2 received a bye
    Cons. Semi - Octavio Gonzalez (Goodland) 2-1 won by fall over Perla Yanez 0-2 (Fall 0:57)

    Garin Cooper
    (1-2) placed 4th and scored 6.0 team points.

    Quarterfinal - Seth Marick (Sterling) 3-0 won by decision over Garin Cooper 1-2 (Dec 4-0)
    Cons. Round 1 - Garin Cooper 1-2 received a bye
    Cons. Semi - Garin Cooper 1-2 won by decision over Koy Smith (Wray) 0-2 (Dec 10-3)
    3rd Place Match - Kyron Koehn (Leoti-Wichita County) 2-1 won by decision over Garin Cooper 1-2 (Dec 6-3)

    Shannon Rethke
    (1-2) scored 4.0 team points.

    Champ. Round 1 - Shannon Rethke 1-2 received a bye
    Quarterfinal - Edddie Hanson (Atwood-Rawlins County) 3-1 won by fall over Shannon Rethke 1-2 (Fall 3:40)
    Cons. Round 2 - Shannon Rethke 1-2 received a bye () (Bye)
    Cons. Round 3 - Shannon Rethke 1-2 won by fall over Angel Carrosco (Holyoke) 1-2 (Fall 1:26)
    Cons. Semi - Gantzen Miller (Goodland) 2-2 won by major decision over Shannon Rethke 1-2 (MD 14-1)

    Javier Yanez
    (0-2) scored 0.0 team points.

    Champ. Round 1 - Garrett Urban (Norton Community) 4-1 won by fall over Javier Yanez 0-2 (Fall 1:00)
    Cons. Round 1 - Javier Yanez (St. Francis) 0-2 received a bye
    Cons. Round 2 - Johny Quintana (Holyoke) 1-2 won by fall over Javier Yanez 0-2 (Fall 2:13)

    Tyson Poling
    (1-2) scored 6.0 team points.

    Champ. Round 1 - Tyson Poling 1-2 received a bye
    Quarterfinal - Tyson Poling 1-2 won by fall over Dane Whitham (Leoti-Wichita County) 0-2 (Fall 1:47)
    Semifinal - Emmanuel Huerta (Wray) 3-1 won by fall over Tyson Poling 1-2 (Fall 2:13)
    Cons. Semi - Kevin Hermosillo (Holyoke) 2-2 won by decision over Tyson Poling 1-2 (Dec 8-2)

    Shadryon Blanka
    (4-0) placed 1st and scored 18.0 team points.

    Round 2 - Shadryon Blanka 4-0 won by fall over Thomas Coker (WaKeeney-Trego Community) 0-4 (Fall 0:15)
    Round 3 - Shadryon Blanka 4-0 won by fall over Tell Wade (Wray) 2-2 (Fall 3:28)
    Round 4 - Shadryon Blanka 4-0 won by decision over Dawson Holub (Goodland) 2-2 (Dec 3-1)
    Round 5 - Shadryon Blanka 4-0 won by decision over Cyrus Green (Atwood-Rawlins County) 2-2 (Dec 5-1)

    The wrestling team will complete in the Ulysses Invitational on Saturday, December 14th.

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  • Bulldogs Spoil Indians' Opener

    The 2019 St. Francis High School football season was very successful. The Indians finished as the state runner-up losing to Canton-Galva in the State Championship contest. However, the extended football season placed a toll on the preparation for the basketball season as the Indians only had a couple days of practice before basketball competition was underway. Injuries suffered by the Indians in the championship football contest also kept the two most experienced players on the Indian squad from participating in the opening basketball game. Senior Brady Dinkel and junior Jesse Baxter did not play in the contest.

    A well-coached Quinter squad arrived on Friday, December 6, ready to play. Neither team scored in double digits in the first period, and the Indians led 8-6 at the first-quarter break. Indian Adam Krien and talented Bulldog sophomore Jayden Boone (6' 2") each scored 6 points in the opening period.

    St. Francis only scored 6 points in the second period receiving field goals from Krien, Josiah Sims, and Cutler Mayer. St. Francis' 6' 4" postman, Colton Neitzel did not play in the period due to early foul trouble. With Neitzel's intimidating presence absent from the contest, Boone added 9 more to his personal total in the period. Quinter out-scored the Indians 6-14 in the second quarter to lead 20-14 at halftime.

    Though the Indians fought valiantly, the margin gradually increased as the contest progressed. The Bulldogs led by 10 points (22-32) at the third quarter break and won the contest 33-49.

    Jayden Boone led all scorers with 32 points in the contest. Boone scored 13 points in the final period alone. Collin Thielen (6' 0" Jr.) added 9 points for the Bulldogs. Quinter made 4 of 13 from the stripe and committed 16 fouls.

    St. Francis was led in scoring by Adam Krien with 13 points. Josiah Sims added 8. Others scoring for St. Francis included Preston Witzel and Ben Busse (5 each) and Cutler Mayer (2). The Indians only made 3 of 10 from the stripe and had 12 fouls.

    The Indians will play Golden Plains in the opening round of the Sagebrush Classic Tournament in Brewster on Monday, December 9. The game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. in the North Gym at Brewster High School.

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    Lady Indians Open With Sweep Over Quinter

    The 2019 Lady Indian basketball season opened on Friday, December 6, in St. Francis. The Lady Indians kick-started their season with a sweep over the Quinter Lady Bulldogs. The junior varsity Lady Indians played the first contest of the evening. The young Lady Indians stepped out to a 20-7 lead at halftime and and cruised to a 45-19 victory.

    The varsity contest was closely contested in the first period. Five different Lady Indians; Mia Morrow, Emma Johnson, Rian Zimbal, Hannah Zimbal, and Alondra Gomez, each added points to the Lady Indian total in the first stanza. The 11 points earned by the Lady Indians was not enough to maintain the lead against the Lady Bulldogs. Quinter received 6 points from Anna Briggs (5' 9" Jr.), 4 from Ava Giliespie (5' 4" So.), and 2 from Kayler Getz (5' 9" Jr.) to lead 11-12 at the first period horn.

    The Lady Dawgs also added 12 points to their total in the second period, but the Lady Indians exploded for 23. Again, five Lady Indians scored in the period, but Karly Bandel drained a pair of treys and scored a total of 12 points in the period to help the Lady Indians extend the margin to 34-24 at the halftime break.

    The scoring balance of the Lady Indians continued in the second half as five different Lady Indians scored in each of the periods throughout the contest. St. Francis added 14 points in the 3rd period, including treys by Alondra Gomez and Karly Bandel, while the Lady Bulldogs earned 10. St. Francis led 48-34 after three quarters of action.

    St. Francis limited their opponents to only two field goals in the final stanza while recording 11 points for the home team. St. Francis won their opening game of the season, 59-38.

    Scoring in the contest for the Lady Indians were Karly Bandel 17, Emma Johnson 11, Hannah Zimbal 9, Alonda Gomez 6, and Jordyrn Faulkender 5. Ellee Krien, Mia Morrow, and McKenna Poling each added 3 points. Rian Zimbal chipped in 2. The Lady Indians recorded 19 fouls and made 13 of 25 from the stripe.

    Quinter was led in scoring by Anna Briggs with 13 points. Ava Giliespie added 12 and Kayler Getz scored 7. The Lady Bulldogs were whistled for 20 fouls and made only 5 of 15 from the free-throw line.

    The Lady Indians will play Weskan in the opening round of the Sagebrush Classic Tournament in Brewster on Monday, December 9. The Lady Indians willl tip-off at 6:00 p.m. in the South Gym at Brewster High School.



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  • Sagebrush Shootout December 9, 13, & 14

    The Sagebrush Shootout Basketball Tournament will be held in Brewster on December 9, 13, and 14. Eight teams from Northwest Kansas will be competing for the tournament championship. The schedule of the the games was released on October 22.

    The Lady Indians will play the Weskan Lady Coyotes on Monday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the South Gym at Brewster High School. The Indians will play Golden Plains at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9, in the North Gym at Brewster High School.

    Other competing teams include Cheylin, Logan, Triplains-Brewster, Wallace County, and Wichita County.

    Click here to view/print the tournament bracket. (Please note: Dates on the bracket are incorrect.)

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  • Indians Defeated In State Championship Game

    St. Francis 36 - Canton-Galva 66

    On Saturday, November 30, the St. Francis Indians completed an outstanding season finishing as the Kansas 8-man Division I State Runner-Up. The Indians were defeated by a big, athletic, and deep football team from Canton-Galva High School in the State Championship Game held on Fischer Field in Newton, KS, on a cold and windy day. Both teams were undefeated entering the contest. St. Francis completed the season with a 12-1 record. Congratulations to the coaches and players from both high schools for outstanding seasons!

    Canton-Galva (CG) won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. Brady Dinkel's kick was returned to the CG 8 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, the Eagles completed a 16-yard quick out to their talented sophomore receiver, Tyson Struber (6'3" 180 lb) for a first down. The next play was snapped almost before the chains were in place as the Eagles used a no-huddle offense. On the second play from scrimmage, Eagle quarterback Landon Everett (5' 11" 178 lb senior) completed a pass to Kinser Colgan (6' 0" 153 lb senior) gaining a couple yards. Everett's next attempt was intended for Struber, but fell incomplete with Brady Dinkel covering well. With the Indian secondary providing good coverage, Jesse Baxter and Adam Krien sacked the Eagle quarterback for a loss on the following play. On 4th down, the Eagles punted the ball. Baxter nearly blocked the punt, but it sailed away successfully.

    Brady Dinkel returned the ball to the St. Francis (SF) 32 yard line. On the Indians' first snap, running back Shadryon Blanka carried into the middle for little gain. Dinkel followed with two more runs on the inside and was stopped by Tyson Struber and others. The Eagle defense had immediately proved their skills (allowing less the 6 points per game in their 1st 12 games). Facing 4th-&-7, Dinkel punted the ball back to CG. The kick was a good one; rolling out-of-bounds at the 8 yard line.

    Continuing with a no-huddle offensive strategy, the Eagles gained 3 yards on a running play and tried a short pop-pass on the second snap. The pass was overthrown and fell incomplete. On 3rd down, Landon Everett passed to Tyson Struber who was immediately smacked by Brady Dinkel. The reception set up 4th-&-1 at the 17. The Eagles fumbled the football on the 4th-down play and Jayce Nider recovered on the Eagle 7 yard line.

    Receiving outstanding field position due to the turnover, the Indians were poised to score. Shadryon Blanka bolted into the end zone on the first snap of the possession. Shadryon began left, cut back to the right side and raced to the pylon. Adam Krien ran for the conversion points. With 7:03 left in the first period, the Indians led 8-0.

    Canton-Galva returned the Indians' kick-off a short distance. An option play on first down was turned inside by Colton Neitzel, and Brady Dinkel made the tackle. Before the next snap, The Eagles were penalized for having too many players on the field. Adam Krien stopped the next Eagle running play. On 3rd-&-18, a quick out intended for Kinser Colgan fell incomplete. The Eagles punted the football back to the Indians.

    The Indians took possession at their own 33 yard line. A carry by Brady Dinkel and a pitch to Shadryon Blanka earned a new series for the Indians. Adam Krien provided an outstanding block on Blanka's run. Dinkel then earned good yardage before being forced out-of-bounds at the 17 yard line of the Eagles. The Indians were threatening again. Dinkel's next carry moved the ball 5 yards closer to the goal, but on second down the Eagles stopped Dinkel for no gain. Jayce Nider scored on a reverse play following an outstanding block by Krien on 3rd down. The conversion attempt was no good. St. Francis led 14-0 with 3:36 remaining in quarter one.

    Brady Dinkel's kick-off sailed into the end zone for a touchback. On the first snap of the possession, the Eagles fumbled on a sweep play, and Colton Neitzel recovered for the Indians.

    Setting up at the GC 15 with good field position for the third time in the game, Brady Dinkel rambled for 11 yards on the outside on the first play. On second down, Dinkel ran into the end zone untouched following good blocking by his teammates. Adam Krien scored the conversion points following an aggressive block by Shadryon Blanka. The Indians were now up 22-0.

    The Eagles' return of Dinkel's squibb-kick was ended at the 11 yard line by an aggressive tackle by Jayce Nider. On first down, the Eagles tried a reverse play carried by junior running back Braydon Collins (6'1" 193 lb). The play advanced the football near mid-field. Collins carried on the same play on the next snap earning another first down before being tackled by Brady Dinkel. Tyson Struber gained good yardage receiving the ball on an out route on the ensuing play. Struber was tackled by Kobe Tice after a gain of 5 yards. Adam Krien stopped the Eagles' 3rd-down run for no gain. A 4th-down pass intended for Struber fell incomplete on the next play. The Indians had stopped a strong advance from the Eagles.

    St. Francis took possession on their own 27 yard line. Brady Dinkel followed Adam Krien for good yardage earning a first down before being forced out-of-bounds. Shadryon Blanka banged for 4 more up the middle on the next play. Blanka's next carry was stopped for no gain. The play ended the first period with St. Francis leading 22-0. Dinkel ran over the left side gaining 2 yards on third down. On 4th down, Dinkel followed good blocking, lowered his shoulder and powered for a first down at the 19 yard line of the Eagles. The Indians were penalized for a false start on the next snap moving the situation to 1st-&-15 at the 24. On Dinkel's next carry, the ball popped loose and was recovered by Tyson Struber for the Eagles. The Eagle defense had stopped the Indians scoring threat.

    Canton-Galva set up offense on their own 19 yard line. Adam Krien stopped Struber's carry for no gain on first down. Dinkel's tackle helped the second down pass to fall incomplete. On third down, Landon Everett ran up the middle for 4 yards.  On 4th-&-4 at their own 26, and after a time-out, the Eagles elected to "go-for-it." Everett's pass was intercepted by Jayce Nider.

    St. Francis again took possession after the 3rd Eagle turnover of the first half. Several running plays later, the Indians were facing 4th-&-6. Brady Dinkel's pass intended for Shadryon Blanka was intercepted by the Eagles at the 14 yard line ending the Indian possession quickly.

    The Eagles soon returned the favor as they fumbled the football on the first snap of their possession. The Indians recovered with 7:08 remaining in the second period.

    A carry by Shadryon Blanka on first down was followed by another run on second down. Facing 3rd-&-3, the Indians tried running Brady Dinkel into the middle of the Eagle defense. The carry was good for two yards. A 4th-down carry moved the Indians to 1st-&-goal at the 6. Dinkel picked up 4 yards up the middle on the next play. Blanka then banged into the middle extending the football over the goal line for another Indian touchdown. Adam Krien scored the conversion points following a crushing lead block by Blanka. With 4:03 left in the first half, the Indians were up 30-0.

    The Indians squibb-kick was well-covered as usual. On first down, CG ran an option, but Shadryon Blanka ended the play resulting in a three-yard loss. Everett went to the air on the next snap. Kobe Tice was defending the receiver. Tice tipped the football, and Colton Neitzel intercepted it on the deflection. It was the 5th turnover of the first half for the Eagles.

    Brady Dinkel carried to the 5 yard line on the first snap of the possession. On the next play, Shadryon Blanka powered into the middle for the 5th St. Francis touchdown of the first half. Adam Krien's conversion attempt was stopped short. With 2:57 remaining in the first half, St. Francis led 36-0.

    On the first play of the Eagles' possession, Landon Everett earned a new first down before being stopped by Kobe Tice. On the next snap, Everett ran outside and was forced out-of-bounds by Brady Dinkel. The Eagles fumbled the football on the following play, but recovered. A perfectly thrown third-down pass to Tyson Struber resulted in another first down. The Eagles were finding some offensive success and were now at the SF 4 yard line. Dinkel forced Everett out-of-bounds on the first down play at the three-yard line. Colton Neitzel made a crunching touchdown-saving tackle on the following snap at the one. The Indians were trying hard to keep the Eagles from scoring; but on third down, Everett scored on a QB sneak. Everett added the conversion points reversing direction to move the scoreboard to 36-8 with 1:39 left in the first half.

    Brady Dinkel returned the Eagles' kick-off to the 18 yard line. Dinkel earned 6 yards up the middle on first down; but on the next play, Dinkel fumbled and CG recovered at the SF 26.

    Landon Everett passed to Trevor Studer for an Eagle touchdown on the first play of the CG possession. The conversion pass attempt fell incomplete, but the Eagles were showing resilience and gaining momentum. The Indians led 36-14 with one minute left in the half.

    Attempting to gain even more momentum, the Eagles attempted an on-side kick and nearly recovered. Shadryon Blanka secured the football for the Indians. The charged up Eagles' defense stopped Blanka for a 1-yard loss on the Indians' first play. The Eagles took a time-out with 49 seconds left. Dinkel then ran up the middle earning 4 yards. On 3rd down, the Eagles again stuffed the Indians and called time-out. Blanka carried for the final play of the first half. The teams headed to the locker rooms with St. Francis leading 36-14. But....there had been a recent shift of momentum that would carry into the second half.

    Brandon Huff (5' 10" 165 lb Jr.) kicked-off for the Eagles to open the second half. Brady Dinkel fielded the ball at the 5 and was tackled a short distance later by Xavier Westbrook (5' 8" 160 lb So.). Two carries by Shardryon Blanka earned 5 yards. Dinkel then ran to the weak side of an overloaded offensive line earning a first down at the SF 35. CG stuffed the next running play for no gain. Two additional plays resulted in zero positive yards for the Indians. Facing 4th-& 10, the Indians punted.

    The punt was mishandled by the Eagles, and Jayce Nider nearly secured the football for the Indians inside the 5 yard line. Unfortunately, the ball entered the end zone for a touchback. Trevor Struder carried for two yards on the first snap. A second down pass to Struder was nearly intercepted by Brady Dinkel, but fell incomplete. On 3rd-&-8, a play-action pass, Landon Everrett was forced to run and scrambled for another first down at the CG 28. Everett's next carry was stopped for a 1-yard loss by Jesse Baxter and Jayce Nider. A second down pass was nearly batted down by Baxter. The pass, intended for Kinser Colgan, fell incomplete. Everett connected with Struder on an out route on third down. The play was good for 53 yards, as Struder broke several would-be tackles and sprinted to the end zone. The conversion pass attempt was incomplete. With 7:24 left in the 3rd period, St. Francis led 36-20.

    Brady Dinkel returned the kick-off 19 yards to the SF 24 yard line. On the first play of the possession, Shadryon Blanka sprinted for an apparent touchdown, but was called out-of-bounds at the CG 36 yard line. The Indians gained 4 yards on their next run. On second down, Dinkel ran into the middle, fumbled, and Jesse Baxter recovered. Adam Krien was injured on the play, but would later return. St. Francis took a time-out before Dinkel's next carry. The run was good for a few yards and resulted in a 4th-&-1+ near the 27. After a SF time-out, Dinkel powered into the middle but was stopped by the strong CG defense just short of the line-to-gain.

    CG took possession at their own 25. Two runs into the middle earned 6 yards for the Eagles. On 3rd down, Everett's pass to Struder was nearly intercepted by Brady Dinkel but resulted in a first down at the SF 28. Another run into the middle gained but one yard. On 2nd down, Everett passed to Struder on a double-move route. The play resulted in another CG touchdown. Dinkel stopped Everett from scoring on the conversion. The Indians' lead had narrowed to 36-26 with 3:36 left in the third period.

    Brandon Huff's kick-off sailed into the end zone for a touchback. Carries by Shadryon Blanka and Brady Dinkel moved the situation to 3rd-&-2. St. Francis used another time-out before the ball was snapped again. Blanka fumbled the football but recovered just short of the line to gain. On 4th-&-inches, Blanka banged into the line earning a first down at the 26. The Indians' first down play was stuffed by the Eagles. On 2nd down, Trevor Struder's tackle resulted in a 5-yard loss. The play ended the third period. Facing 3rd-&-15, Dinkel attempted a pass to Adam Krien. The pass fell incomplete with Struder defending. St. Francis punted from their own 20.

    The punt was a good one, and the Eagles set up offense at their own 20. On the opening snap of the possession, Landon Everett scored on a quarterback keeper covering 60 yards. Everett reversed direction on the conversion try and added two more points. With 11:30 remaining in the 4th period, the Eagles had pulled within two points (36-34).

    Brady Dinkel returned the Eagles kick-off to the SF 26. Dinkel's first down carry lost a yard. Everett's crunching tackle resulted in a loss of two more yards on the following play. The 3rd-down pass from Dinkel to Shadryon Blanka was overthrown. The Indians punted once again. Due to off-setting flags on the punt, the punt was re-kicked. The Eagles nearly blocked the second punt. The punt was very short and rolled out-of-bounds about 10 yards downfield. The Eagles were penalized 5 yards for running into the kicker. Again, the Indians punted. The punt rolled into the end zone.

    Landon Everett earned 5 yards on his first carry of the possession before he was tackled by Kobe Tice, On 2nd down, the Indians held the Eagles' quarterback for no gain. A third-down pass to Trevor Struder earned a first down near the mid-field stripe. Another run into the middle netted 8 yards. On 2nd-&-2, Everett ran up the middle to the SF 21. Jesse Baxter was injured on the play and did not return to the game. Shannon Rethke replaced Baxter at the defensive end position. Josiah Sims stopped the Eagle ball carrier at the 12 on the following play. Shadryon Blanka made the tackle on the next play, but the result was first-&-goal at the 9 yard line. The Eagles were overpowering the Indians. Everett scored on an 9-yard carry on the next snap. Everett ran for the conversion points also. With 6:45 left in the game, CG took the lead 36-42. The Eagles had scored 42 unanswered points to take the lead.

    Brady Dinkel's return advanced the ball to the 25. The Indians attempted a screen pass on first down, but the play was blown up by the Eagles. On 2nd-&-13, Dinkel's pass was overthrown and intercepted by Trevor Struder. Shadryon Blanka made the tackle on Struder at the 27 yard line.

    Landon Everett scored on the first play of the possession sprinting up the middle for 27 yards. A holding penalty on CG on the conversion set up a retry. Everett's pass to Struder for the conversion points earned just enough yardage to add the additional points. The score moved to 36-50 with 5:40 remaining.

    Dinkel returned Huff's kick to the 12 yard line. Dinkel was forced to scramble on the first snap, but earned another first down at the SF 23. On the ensuing play, Dinkel was hit as he released the pass. The ball was intercepted by Huff. Huff nearly scored, but was forced out-of-bounds at the 4 yard line.

    Brayden Collins scored another Eagle touchdown on the next play. Collins also accounted for the conversion points. With 4:47 left in the contest, the Indians had fallen behind 36-58.

    Breaking several tackles enroute, Josiah Sims returned the kick-off to the 24 yard line. The Indians were penalized for delay of game before the first snap of the possession; possibly due to new players filling in for several injured Indians. The Indians' first two offensive plays, one run and one pass, resulted in a loss of 5 yards. The next two resulted in zero gain; the final being a pass from Shadryon Blanka to Josiah Sims that fell incomplete. Brady Dinkel was on the side with an injury.

    CG took possession at the SF 20 yard line with 3 minutes left to play. Allowing other players a chance to play in the state championship contest, the Indians placed mostly substitute players on the field. Two carries by Brayden Collins moved the ball to the 2 yard line. Collins scored on the next play running up the middle. CG used substitute players on the conversion try. Andre Patton scored the final two points for the Eagles. With 1:47 remaining, the scoreboard showed St. Francis 36 - Canton-Galva 66. 

    Josiah Sims again ran hard on the kick return picking up a few yards. Sims earned 6 more on first down and then broke all the way to the SF 35 on second down before being forced out-of-bounds with 11 seconds remaining in the game. Shadryon Blanka's run ended the game.

    Both teams had gave their all. The extra depth of the Eagles proved to be a major factor in the contest. Congratulations to both teams and coaching staffs for outstanding seasons.

    Landon Everett finished the championship game completing 10 of 19 passes for 197 yards, 3 TDs, and 2 interceptions. He also ran 17 times earning 148 yards and 4 touchdowns. (For the season Everett has 1533 yards passing, 1310 yards rushing, and accounted for 59 touchdowns.)

    Brady Dinkel carried 33 times for 161 yards and 1 touchdown in the game. Shadryon Blanka has 23 carries for 53 yards and 3 touchdowns.

    Tyson Struder had 8 catches for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brayden Collins earned 99 yards on 18 carries and scored 2 touchdowns. Everett, Collins and Huff each recorded and interception for Canton-Galva.

    Seniors Jaron Berig, Brady Dinkel, and Jayce Nider played their final game in a Indian uniform.

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  • Maintenance Director Needed

    USD 297, Saint Francis, is seeking a qualified and motivated person to be the Maintenance Director for the Junior/Senior High Building.  The position entails, but is not limited to, overseeing all functions and operations related to the upkeep, repair, and improvement of facilities and grounds.  Any interested candidate needs to send a resume to Mark Penka mpenka@usd297.org or call at 785-332-8182.  For any additional information please go to the school website http://www.usd297.org/

    Click this link for job description.


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  • Drama Production December 15 & 16

    Aunt Ollie's Home Away from Home is this year's Drama class production. Come along for the ride with a cast of wildly disparate characters in this home-spun comedy of errors. The cast is headed by veteran actors Isaiah Lee and Audrey Meyer. The rest of the cast are all first-timers, but they are in no way schlubs. Rounding out this truly stellar cast are Emma Hackler, Seth Mills, Cassidy Busse, Karly Bandel, Perla Yanez, Doyle Easter, Cutler Mayer, and Jesse Baxter. Dakota Morris, Jade Ketzner, Caleb Todd, and Nelson Taylor serve as our crew.

    Performances are Sunday December 15th at 3:00 and Monday December 16th at 7:00. Admission is $5. We hope to see you there!

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